Nashville: Corn-fed and Cornbread City

2016 SFA Summer Symposium


Arnold’s Country Kitchen - Kahlil Arnold - Tabasco Guardians of the Tradition: Nashville, TN - Nashville Eats Kahlil Arnold along with his mother, Rose Arnold, operates Arnold’s Country Kitchen, the meat-and-three landmark in Nashville.
matt-bolus_xlg Matt Bolus earned his chops in Nashville and Charleston kitchens before opening Nashville’s The 404 Kitchen in a former shipping container.
carey bringle Carey Bringle, better known as the Peg Leg Porker, is a Nashville native with deep family roots in Tennessee barbecue.
sean brock Sean Brock’s reputation for exploring and preserving the roots of Southern food is matched by the fame of his intricately beautiful vegetable tattoos.
 tyler brown After a thirteen-year tenure at the Hermitage Hotel’s Capitol Grille, chef Tyler Brown has begun a new venture at Southall in Franklin, Tennessee.
maneet chauhan Maneet Chauhan combines Indian and Southern fare at her Chauhan Ale & Masala House—and you might have seen her telling it straight on Chopped.
Maurice Patton Dave Paulson Peter Cooper Thursday, May 22, 2008 in Nashville, Tenn. (Dipti Vaidya/Staff) Peter Cooper, one of the nation’s most respected music journalists, is museum editor at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.
david dark David Dark is the critically acclaimed author of several books about spirituality and religion, including Life’s Too Short To Prentend You’re Not Religious.
tim davis Timothy C. Davis is a writer and Nashville resident who knows his hot chicken: He published The Hot Chicken Cookbook in 2015.
 lisa donovan Lisa Donovan’s life was altered at age twelve by a Viennese chocolate truffle, and she’s been baking and writing about it ever since.
david ewing David Ewing, a Nashville-born attorney, has served on the board of over twenty civic organizations and businesses and is a collector of local African American history and culture.
 frye gaillard Frye Gaillard is the author of 19 works of non-fiction, including Cradle of Freedom: Alabama and the Movement That Changed America.
 steve haruch Steve Haruch is a writer who regularly contributes to The New York Times and The Guardian.
hamid hasan Hamid Hasan, a Kurdistani-American and Nashvillian for more than 20 years, has been the proprietor of House of Kabob since 2000.
pam jackson Songwriter Pamela Jackson draws inspiration from Carole King and Loretta Lynn, with a voice that’s been called “country as grits or soulful as fatback, depending on what the song calls for.”
tj jarrett Poet TJ Jarrett is software developer born in Nashville to a pastor and a professor, and after years of wandering, she has returned to her hometown. Her second collection of poetry, Zion, won the Crab Orchard Open Competition.
andre prince jeffries André Prince Jeffries owns Prince’s Hot Chicken Shack, which was named a James Beard America’s Classic in 2013.
jennifer justus Jennifer Justus is the author of Nashville Eats and the co-founder of Dirty Pages, a recipe storytelling project.
jonathan kauffman Jonathan Kauffman writes about food and culture for the San Francisco Chronicle—profiling chefs, tracking culinary trends, and examining the impact of technology on the way we eat.
philip krajeck Philip Krajeck’s love of food began during his childhood in Belgium; today he earns national recognition for his seasonal menu and outstanding pastas at Rolf and Daughters.
Andrew-Little Andrew Little moved from Pennsylvania Dutch country to Nashville to open Josephine, where he makes a mean corn fritter.
pat martin Pat Martin, the proprietor of Martin’s Bar-B-Q Joint, used to sneak off his college campus after curfew to shovel coals at a barbecue spot in Henderson, Tennessee.
jim myers Jim Myers, whose writing has appeared in Bon Appétit, and Garden and Gun, writes about food for The Tennessean.
Andy-and-Charlie Andy Nelson and Charlie Nelson worked together to revive their great-great-great grandfather’s pre-Prohibition Nelson’s Green Brier Distillery.
davis raines Davis Raines has been writing songs in Nashville for over twenty years for artists like Kenny Rogers, Pam Tillis, Kellie Pickler, and Pat Green.
karla ruiz Karla Ruiz, who grew up in Mexico watching her grandmother cook, sells her tamales and empanadas as a caterer in Nashville.
renata soto Renata Soto is a co-founder of Conexión Américas and a tireless advocate for the diverse communities of Music City.
Bryan-Lee-Weaver Bryan Lee Weaver, executive chef at Nashville’s Butcher and Bee, started his culinary career in a Mexican restaurant in Colorado at just 14 years old.
tandy wilson Tandy Wilson of City House in Nashville gravitates toward “delicious, blue-collar cooking,” and refuses to serve anything in even-numbered quantities.
Karl Worley Karl Worley and his wife, Sarah, founded Biscuit Love Truck in 2012 and settled into a brick-and-mortar location in 2015 to spread even more…you guessed it.
sophia vaughn Sophia Vaughn, a master of hot-water cornbread, is the second-generation proprietor of Silver Sands Soul Food in Nashville.